One of Aitchison’s main influences is the photographer Henri Cariter-Bresson. He famously said, “A photographer must always work with the greatest respect for his subject and in terms of his own point of view.”
Aitchison’s respect for this man and the sitter’s respect for himself shines through in this portrait. Delhi Man did not want to be a ‘subject’. Instead, he demonstrated his self-assurance by becoming an equal in the process; agreeing eventually to be directed by Peter but only for a fee.